Republican Mississippi legislator sets promising new trend, kills self at lover's home
A Mississippi state lawmaker was found dead in an apparent suicide Sunday at the home of a former state legislator, authorities say.
Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis tells MSNewsNow.com Rep. Jessica Upshaw appears to have shot herself in the head at a home in Mendenhall on Sunday. The lawmaker was 53.
Sources tell MSNewsNow.com Upshaw's body was found at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry. He has not been arrested in the case.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant released a statement on Upshaw's death late Sunday, saying he and his wife Deborah were saddened by the news.
"I have known Jessica for many years as an unselfish and dedicated public servant. This is a tragic loss for her family and all Mississippians, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time," Bryant said.
Upshaw was an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004. She was a Republican from Diamondhead along the state's coast. Mendenhall is about 110 miles away from her hometown.
Upshaw served District 95, in the Mississippi House of Representatives, which covers Hancock and Harrison Counties.
Lewis says authorities are waiting for an autopsy to confirm Upshaw's official cause of death.
She looks Jodie Foster-y to me.
Like she says "yessir" a lot ...
Ah the irony of people seeking tolerance and compassion breathing fire when they see someone unlike them.
By which you mean people that are without tolerance and compassion R7.
Yeah, we're funny that way.
What you trying to say, r7?
I am saying we should lead by example. Stereotyping Republicans, wishing them dead, calling them idiots, etc is exactly what people on this board don't want done to them as gay/bi/etc. I find it ironic and don't understand how spouting hate is an effective way to pursue gay rights.
I didn't wish her dead, I just said she looked like Jodie Foster.
Kate McKinnon Jodie @ Golden Globes spoof at the end of this clip.
That article said nothing about her politics, other than party, and I just wondered about some of what she was specific involved with -- or what policies she spearheaded.
[quote]Excellent trend for Republican adulterers. It seems both he and she were guilty and devious.
Interesting to see how the Fox news story hides any clues regarding adultery, marriage, cheating, etc.
Lots of talk about how smart she was. Too bad she wan't bright enough to figure out she had a terminal mental condition.
[quote]Fellow Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, said Upshaw will be missed greatly... Currie said Upshaw was excited to see her grandson. “She has a new grandchild —she was so proud. ... I know she has a lot she wanted to live for.”
Is Currie putting out doubts that Upshaw committed suicide?
Upshaw was said to be single in r16's link. No mention of the current marriage situation of Clint Rotenberry though they mention a telephone number for his wife.
Yet another victim of gun violence....
Yes, a victim of gun violence. But, who owned the gun and who pulled the trigger?
How do you know that they were lovers?
Info included at link at r16.
The info at R16 has been updated since it was posted earlier today. It now includes: "The two were thought to have been dating for several years. Rotenberry, who is divorced..."
Are the cops actually investigating or are they clearing away evidence that would implicate Rotenberry?
R14, she was a typical repug. I saw this reply on Gawker
I met her and she was very kind. She was one of the few State House members that treated everyone around her with the same respect, no matter their station. That being said, she introduced a bill that died in committee allowing public and private employers to ask applicants if they use tobacco products. She cosponsored a bill that prohibited taxpayer funded gun buyback/destruction programs. She introduced a bill that died in committee exempting the first $10,000 from state income tax for corporations. She introduced a bill that died in committee that would require illegal drug testing of Medicaid recipients. And finally, because they have nothing better to do with their time, cosponsored two bills celebrating the 401st anniversary of the writing of the King James version of the bible and the 54th anniversary of adding "Under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Suicide or murder? It's doubtful that Misissippi cops would get it right.
It could have been murder
She died a few feet from her car between the driveway and the garage under the garage door.
To me that sounds more like an ambush scenario than the kind of place people choose to commit suicide, but who knows.
Right and isn't she the 5th MS politician to be murdered lately?
Here's hoping more and more republican politicians take her lead!
[quote]To me that sounds more like an ambush scenario than the kind of place people choose to commit suicide,
You're right. The place just doesn't seem right for this type of scenario. Would local cops even notice?
Women don't typically suicide by gun. Usually they go the pills route, it seems